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Fantastic fall fun Say “Cheese” Start a business Explore open studios

Holiday Planning Bordertowns

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Happenings


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From the publisher

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On my mind: Spam thyself

Cheese choices abound by Alton Long & Sebastian Clarkin

THINGS TO DO

by Paul E. Kandarian

Book Picks: Spooky tales

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Explore New Bedford’s Open Studios by Brooke Syvertsen

by Magoo Gelehrter

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Tarot-Scopes

by The Celtic Cricket and Duir Kell

FOOD

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Happenings: Fall into fun

Cover Story

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Avoid holiday stress

by Elizabeth Morse Read

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Gift giving made fun

by Nancy Plante

BUSINESS

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ACE helps entrepreneurs by Jeanne Girard

BORDERTOWNS

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Popular Providence by Paul E. Kandarian

FLASH

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Summer’s Last Blast

ON THE COVER

Blame the economy or just our desire for fresher food, but Farmers’ Markets are sprouting up all over the South Coast. A look at this fresh produce at Fall River’s Kennedy Park market may be a sample of why they’re growing in popularity.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER October 2010 / Vol. 14 / No. 9 Published by Coastal Communications Corp.

Where did summer go?

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It’s also not too early to plan for the holidays. Elizabeth Morse Read tells us how to avoid holiday stress and Nancy Plante offers ways to make gift giving fun again. Plus our advertisers are always here to help you choose just the right present for each person. Sometimes food is a great gift. Alton Long and Sebastian Clarkin head off on a mission to discover what cheeses are available in the South Coast. You’ll be surprised at the variety they found! Plus Paul Kandarian tells why Providence is so popular, Jeanne Girard shares how BCC’s Academic Center for Entrepreneurship can help you start your business, and Flash takes a look at Summer’s Last Blast. If you haven’t already signed up for weekly updates, go to www.coastalmags. com. It’s a great resource to help you discover things made in the South Coast, or to voice your opinion and share your thoughts—and don’t forget www.SouthCoastGo.com, our free online classified service. Enjoy the fall!

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ON MY MIND

Spammed again! by Paul E. Kandarian Step right up, ladies and gents… well, gents…and get yer Cialis here, get yer Viagra here, for as low, low, low as 99 cents per pill!!! And from me!! I feel so violated. I got an email the other day—my own email, sent from my email address, to my email address, touting cheap erectile dysfunction medicine. First of all, someone hacked my email and sent this stuff out to lord knows how many other email addresses under my name which would be embarrassing as hell, if I could be embarrassed, which I almost never am, save for maybe that time in second grade when I lovingly bought Cathy Cunningham a tub of fiercely scented talcum powder for Valentine’s Day and she gave me a look that suggested I’d laid a bag of dead octopi in her lap. Second of all, and perhaps this is the unkindest cut of all, do they really think I need this stuff? I mean sure, I’m 57, but still, c’mon, no one likes to admit having to use these things. I certainly won’t admit it. Not saying I don’t, but I’m just sayin’… For the life of me, I don’t know how this stuff happens. To me, the Internet is right up there on the I-Don’t-Get-It Scale with cellphones, television and politics. I mean it’s out there, billions of people are involved and understand it all, but me, I just go along fat, dumb and happy to have a modicum of working knowledge of things that if 6

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you held a gun to my head to force me to explain how they work, would just shrug and say “Pull the trigger, I got nothin’.” I mean really. Viagra? Cialis? In emails from me? I know this is all bogus because first of all, the email features not just the multi-colored pills with accompanying prices, but a male model with a smirk on his face and extending a thoroughly suggestive thumbs-up as if to say, “Sign up, men, and you’ll be a total babe magnet!!” Problem is, the model looks about 18. He has all his hair, no wrinkles and is RogerFederer-lookalike handsome. In short, he looks nothing like anyone I know who could use a little purple dose of four-hour happiness. I get spam email all the time, though usually not from myself, and it’s pretty annoying, but some of it is downright funny, both in content and the fact that many people actually fall for it. Why people do is beyond me, but they do, or the spamsters wouldn’t keep flooding our inboxes. Got a beauty recently, called “BareLifts—The Invisible Solution To a Naturally Perky Look.” BareLifts is a completely strapless bra, apparently, and will, and I quote, “lift your breasts while ensuring a naturally perky look in virtually any outfit. With BareLifts, you can lift your breast and realign your nipple to a higher position even if you are larger than a D cup.”


Breast? Nipple? Singular? Don’t they come in pairs? And for the life of me, the whole A, B, C, D cup thing continues to baffle me, I mean where did that lettering category come from? Do the people who invented the alphabet know about this shamelessly prurient application of it? I’ll bet they’re not happy. Unless their nipple needs realignment. There’s another beauty making the rounds, this one for “BarkOff,” that says “we all love our dogs but there are times you wish you could just turn off their barking.” OK, I’ll bite. It says this is an “ingenious ultrasonic training aid that finally gives you control over your dog’s barking.” So does a wellaimed backhander. Got this gem the other day, for pills —any pills, any quantity, delivered anywhere in the world—without a prescription. Who needs the FDA when we have these pharmaceutical angels looking out for us? The come-on was typical, short

and sweet, but then at the bottom was a completely blathering diatribe about…I have no idea, it said stuff like “the well-chamber was dimly lighted by lamps; the water was drawn with a windlass and chain by monks, and poured into troughs which delivered it into stone reservoirs outside in the chapel—when there was water to draw, I mean and none but monks could enter the well-chamber. I entered it, for I had temporary authority to do so, by courtesy of my professional brother and subordinate.” I’m just guessing, but I think this guy dipped into his hallucinogenic pill stash before sending this one out. The most laughable ones are those that say someone, usually in Africa or the Middle East, is holding millions of dollars for you, no strings attached. Got one the other day that said the Dubai Islamic Bank (wonder if they have a camel drive-through?) is holding my $15 mil; I am apparently heir to a fortune left by, and I’m not kidding, Moises Saba Masri, a Jewish/ Mexican billionaire who died in a helicopter crash. Not sure how many Jewish Mexicans there are in the world, but this one apparently did all right for himself. All I need do to land my windfall is send in $115. All things considered, scratch tickets are the better option. But wait! Just got this one today touting a career as a pharmacy assistant by taking their course. Pictured is a stunning blonde in a pharmacy smock, an alluring, closedmouth smile on her picture-perfect, gorgeous face. Now if she were the one selling Viagra... Not that I need it, I’m just sayin’. The South Coast Insider / October 2010

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THINGS TO DO

Open Studios

promises a whale of a time by Brooke Syvertsen

So perhaps you are wondering, “What exactly is ‘Open Studios’?” This free event was created by artists who wish to engage the public by having them tour, converse, and sometimes even participate in their medium. Their studios are not usually public places, and there is a magic to be discovered, something rather mysterious about spaces similar to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, behind the giant closed doors of the old historic mills in New Bedford. Year after year, one of the most common responses from Open Studios visitors is, “Wow! I had no idea that these spaces existed. I drive by here all the time and didn’t know there were artists working in here.” New Bedford has a rich history, from whaling and commercial fishing, to the glass and textiles industries, and anyone who takes the Tour through the studios immediately can sense this vibrant past. Stepping into the 8

once busy mills is itself a journey in time, a connection to our heritage. A little interesting fact taken from the City’s website states that around 1920, at the height of prosperity, there were twenty-eight cotton establishments, operating seventy mills and employing 41,380 workers in the city of New Bedford. Amazing! And now some of those same spaces are revitalized, given new and creative life.

Background New Bedford Open Studios began in 2004 as a project created by the nonprofit AHA! (Arts History Architecture) which was all made possible by the Adams Grant. The intent of the grant is to generate revenue and promote beneficial partnerships between arts institutions, businesses, and local governments. Sheilagh Flynn, a ceramicist at Hatch

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Street Studios, immediately became involved in the effort in 2004, as she was already familiar with Boston’s Open Studios. During the beginnings of New Bedford Open Studios, NBOS, it was thought that only 40 or so artists would participate. Sheilagh assured the group that more artists in New Bedford existed, and she was able to recruit 65 artists in the first year of Open Studios. Sheilagh remembers how excited the NBOS artists and the city were to have an event like Open Studios in the South Coast. Finally, area artists were being recognized and defined. The following year, the New Bedford Open Studios map was created and has become the staple guide for the event.

Discoveries await Whether you are a curious onlooker or a serious collector there will be something for you at the 6th Annual New Bedford Open Studios on October 2nd and 3rd (10am-5pm and 11am5pm). Nearly 100 artists are expected


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www.stonebridge-restaurant.com to participate this year and a multitude of mediums will be on display including paintings and prints, textile art and clothing, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, glass and so much more! Shelley Cardoos, NBOS coordinator and local artist working out of 419 Sawyer Street, comments about this year’s event saying, “It has been a pleasure working with such a great group of artists. There will be 96 participants this year and each one has something unique and exciting to offer. Many artists work in their studios throughout the year without having a chance to show their process and this is a very special opportunity for both the artist and the viewer.” Coupled with the New Bedford Open Studios event is the “Sample” show to be held at Gallery X downstairs (169 William Street www.galleryx.org) which opens on September 9th, with a closing reception on September 30th from 6-8pm. The Sample Show is a great way to get a taste of what some of the artists have to offer. One item from

almost every NBOS participating artist will be on display and there will be notations on where each artist’s studio can be found.

Far from run-of-the-mill

New Bedford Open Studios gives artists the opportunity to network with other artists, curators, collectors, creative professionals and admirers on their own terms. It simultaneously helps build the reputation of New Bedford as an ever-growing creative community while encouraging neighborhood residents and New England tourists to act on their curiosity. We the artists also encourage tour participants to explore the City’s other attractions such as diverse cultural restaurants and historical venues. Studio and restaurant maps will be available at galleries and participating studios throughout the city. Maps can also be picked up at the New Bedford Visitors Center at 33 William St. For more information please contact nbopenstudios@gmail.com or visit www.newbedfordopenstudios.org

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Many of us dream of taking a business idea and creating a profitable business. Perhaps after years in an industry, you have a deep desire to set out on your own. For others it might be taking a hobby and turning into more; for some it comes as an “Aha!” moment they would like to develop.

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ing from writing a business plan to securing loans to advice in securing government contracts. Workshops and seminars are filling up with savvy entrepreneurs who can connect and


network while learning about topics from social media to securities law to trading internationally. The Academic Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) at Bristol Community College recognized that many of their students and/or graduates had entrepreneurial aspirations. ACE was formed a few years ago to help guide and assist the entrepreneur. The primary focus of ACE is to help entrepreneurs write a business plan, educate them on what they need to do to succeed, and connect them with available resources. They accomplish this through mentoring, workshops, and credit courses. BCC even offers a certificate and major in Entrepreneurship. In the

spirit of full disclosure, I work at the Center as staff associate. Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing business degree options in the country. Even if one doesn’t set out on their own, many employers are seeking entrepreneurial and innovative minded employees. It just makes sense to educate yourself in business if you are going to go into business for yourself. ACE conducted a study of area businesses and asked them if they wrote a business plan and what they felt would have helped their business. Every single business said it was really easy to start a business, but they wished they wrote a business plan and knew more about business management. Some were even going out of business and stated it is because they just didn’t understand how to manage a business or their finances. Blending academics with entrepreneurship is the magic combo. When you have a great idea and can build on a solid foundation of business knowledge, you are much more likely to succeed. Asking questions and seeking help is also critical. Jen Cincotta came to ACE seeking advice on how to start her own pasta sauce business. Armed already with a lot of information and filled with determination and drive, she knew learning more was the real ‘recipe for success.’ She attended a QuickBooks seminar hosted by ACE, had her business plan reviewed, and bounced marketing ideas off of the mentors. Her business has started and she feels it will take off because she took the time to plan properly and realize her competitive edge. Just a year ago, Paul Donovan at-

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Mark Hellendrung, Narragansett Brewery owner, was the 2009 guest speaker the BCC’s Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony. This year’s speaker will be Ben Mondor, owner of the PawSox, on Thursday, November 4th, 2010. Nominations of local businesses are being sought for award recognition at this free public event; registration is required. Contact the Academic Center for Entrepreneurship at BCC to attend or nominate.

SPECIAL EVENTS Community Concert Series The Saxophone Summit Sunday, October 3, 2 pm First Congregational Church

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Riverside Cemetery Tour

Sunday, October 10, 2:00 p.m.

Begins inside main gate of cemetery, Main St. Tour this beautiful rural-style cemetery created in 1850 by F.D.R.’s grandfather Warren Delano. Learn about some of the prominent people buried there, see examples of early graveyard art and enjoy an autumn walk. Tour lasts 90 minutes. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Free.

Indoor Farmers Market

Sunday, October 24, 1-4 p.m.

Nemasket Group, 56 Bridge Street Another opportunity to buy fresh, seasonal produce, meats, cheese and other products and support our local farmers. Free parking. Handicap accessible. Sponsored by the Fairhaven Sustainability Committee.

Halloween Horribles Parade Sunday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.

Main Street from Benoit Square to St. Mary’s Church. A judged costume parade with prizes awarded in several age groups. Candy, cookies, cider and cocoa. Sponsored by the North Fairhaven Improvement Association. Free

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5 things

every entrepreneur needs to do Determine if you really are ready to start a business. Are you a self starter? Have the skills to succeed? Have the time? Many self assessment tests are available to determine if you are ready. Determine if you financially can start a business. Do you have capital? Enough money to pay the bills while you grow your business? Will you get a loan? Do you have good credit to qualify for a loan? Plan ahead. The best step is to write a business plan. If you need a loan, you will need a business plan. Planning out on paper alerts to needs and expenses. It is the most important step that a new business can do! Inventory your knowledge. Most business fail because of one reason: they didn’t manage their business idea. Before you starts you business, inventory your knowledge. Perhaps take a QuickBooks course so you can manage your money, or take some basic business and marketing courses. Knowledge is power. Ask Questions and get help. Use the resource agencies listed above to get free business assistance. Take advantage of the numerous valuable, specialized workshops and seminars. Every entrepreneur should take advantage of what is out there. These agencies are filled with experts in the industry who are willing and able to help businesses plan for success.

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tended a free ACE workshop about starting a business. He had no plans of becoming a student or taking courses; rather, he had plenty of experience under his belt and thought it was time to go out on his own. Once he started writing a business plan, he realized the niche of forensic computing would be his focus. He saw he needed more insight into the industry, so rather than jumping into starting his business, he decided to major in it. He’ll soon have a degree, then will start his business, all with the strong support of ACE on his side. Beyond just advising and mentoring entrepreneurs, ACE also celebrates them with two signature events. The first is by providing a forum for en-

trepreneurs to connect with the BCC community through their Entrepreneurship Day (held in September). The second is the much awaited 4th Annual ACE Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 4th, 2010. The event is free and open to the public. It starts with a social media panel, followed by guest speaker Ben Mondor, owner of the PawSox, and then the awards are presented to recipients followed by a reception. The awards ceremony is a great way to celebrate entrepreneurship. Success stories and assistance are in every agency. Entrepreneurs in the South Coast are truly fortunate to have so many agencies that are able to assist them with every aspect of their planning and start up. All they have to do is ask for help.

Entrepreneurs in the South Coast

are truly fortunate to have so many

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Business assistance resource agencies Academic Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA. Offers free business mentoring and business plan writing assistance. In addition, BCC offers certificates and degree options in Entrepreneurship as well as other business courses. Call 508-678-2811 ext. 2695 or visit www.bristolcc.edu/ community_education/ace/ Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC), Fall River, MA. Offers free in-depth advising and training. Offers low or no-cost training and workshops that are both innovative and informative. 508-673-9783. www.msbdc.org/semass South Eastern Economic Development (SEED), Taunton, MA. Focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 508-8221020. www.seedcorp.com UMass School of Law: Community Development Clinic. Provides pro bono legal assistance to people wishing to start a new business or a nonprofit. (508) 985-1163. New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) offers services to businesses through loan and incentive programs, technical assistance, and workshops.508.991.3122. www.nbedc.org Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. Promotes new and existing members business activities. Offers member events and benefits. 508-676-8226. www. fallriverchamber.com New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Promotes new and existing members business activities. (508) 999-5231. www.newbedfordchamber.com

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Starting at Hallowe’en, we enter the emotional minefield of Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, New Year’s Day and countless birthdays, anniversaries and never-ending family events along the way. If you reach January 2 without having experienced a tension headache, heartburn or a complete nervous breakdown, please share your holiday survival plan with us all.

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eanwhile, here are some suggestions and tips on how to maintain your sanity and enjoy the intended peace and joy of the holiday season.

Visualize your perfect holiday We stress ourselves out every year worrying about would could go (or has gone) wrong—you’ll burn Mama’s gravy recipe, your uncle Tony will get tipsy and insult someone, snowstorms will strand your grandparents in Cinncinnati (and they’ve never flown before), UPS still hasn’t delivered your last-minute gifts…yadda, yadda, yadda. How can you possibly expect to enjoy the holidays if you start focusing on past disasters or a never-ending litany of Murphy’s Law scenarios? Take a deep breath. Short of shipping off uncle Tony to some snowbound airport, enlist someone else to make the gravy. Get uncle Tony’s brother Elmo to take responsibility for monitoring Tony’s alcohol intake and taking him for a bracing walk when he starts to get surly. Help your noviceflier relatives plan their journey well in advance. Prepare humorous IOU’s in case UPS doesn’t show up in time. In other words, delegate, reorganize, and humor—and keep your eye on your goal of making this a memorable and enjoyable holiday for all. Keep a journal/schedule, take lots of photos Continued on page 17

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Continued from page 14 of the process and events to create a remembrance for everyone involved (including uncle Tony).

Focus on what’s important Do you consistently overextend yourself with commitments you could turn over to others? Maybe your church or club (or family) needs 3 dozen cupcakes or home-made crafts or chaperoning or whatever for their holiday event. Be ruthless—if these added commitments interfere with your personal holiday plans and goals, assert yourself diplomatically and just say, no, I can’t do it this year. If you’ve already committed yourself and, when the deadline looms, you find yourself

Reducing travel stress The holiday season is the worst for being in an airport—they resemble Third World refugee camps more than modern meccas of travel, so plan ahead, whether it’s you or a family member getting on a plane: n Ship

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stressed out, don’t hesitate to beg off, explaining your current circumstances, suggesting alternatives for them. If your holiday budget allows, maybe you can make a contribution to the cause instead?

Less is more Do you really need to bake 20 different kinds or cakes and cookies? Do you really need to rent roll-away cots for your brother and his alwaysincreasing brood? Do you really need to accept every invitation to a holiday pageant, cocktail party, fund-raiser or concert? Select the baking recipes you enjoy cooking and delegate the others to family members who’ll be attending your holiday get-together. Tell your brother to bring sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries and towels (or suggest he look into budget-priced accommodations nearby). Keep a detailed action-plan schedule of what YOU want to achieve and send R.S.V.P.s to the events you can sanely work into your personal plans.

Take care of your health! Running around shopping, cooking/ baking, wrapping/mailing can leave you drained and susceptible to stressrelated ailments (what good is a sick hostess?). Keep up your exercise regimen, stay hydrated (avoid caffeine and alcohol), stay connected with people who can make you laugh, and treat yourself to a rejuvenating day at a local spa, whether before or after the holidays. Sleep late or power-nap whenever you can. Avoid the temptations of falling off your diet wagon—eating excessive sweets, fatty/salty take-out/ restaurant foods, or not eating when you should. In any given week, more than 100 million Americans take medication for stress-related ailments. And the physical manifestations of stress directly impacts anyone suffering from heart disease, diabetes and many other

Celebrating the holidays after a loss The holidays are celebrations of love, life, families and traditions. But when you’ve experienced the death of a loved one—whether friend, family, or even a beloved pet—the holidays can be a painful challenge. It is not a betrayal of those missing from the table to celebrate with those left behind! Memorialize those who have passed —serve their favorite food, share funny anecdotes of holidays past (even with uncle Tony). Start a new family “tradition” in their memory.

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chronic illnesses. Don’t let the pressures and unrealiistic expectations of the holiday season complicate your health.

Shopping tips Right from the start, define your financial boundaries—gifts, meals, entertainment, etc—and stick to it. You don’t need to add to potential holiday stress by facing credit card bills in January when tuition payments and household expenses are due! Shop locally, online or through mailorder well in advance. Avoid malls, especially on the weekends. Don’t take your kids with you when you gift-shop.

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Make gift giving fun by Nancy Plante

When it comes to the holidays, the sense of fun and sharing that we’d like to feel is sometimes overshadowed by anxiety about selecting the perfect gift. With a new way of looking at the holidays this year, you can make gift giving fun again! Don’t worry about spending a lot. Simple things that are festively wrapped are fun to open. You can get pretty gift bags, sold in bundles, at a discount store for very little money, and they are reusable for next year.

Focus on the person Start by thinking about the person you are giving to. Don’t worry about how much to give, or what that person might give you, or if your gift will measure up. Just relax and think of what the giftee will enjoy. A very busy person might like a thoughtful, personal item that he or she wouldn’t think of indulging in. Wrap up a new novel by a favorite author, and a box of chocolates, tie them together with a pretty ribbon, and you’ve given

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an evening of relaxation to look forward to. For a young man, a couple of magazines on his favorite topic, and a snack that he likes, such as Chex Mix, or tortilla chips and salsa, can be packaged in a holiday gift bag. Visit a magazine store or bookstore for a surprising variety of magazines. There truly is one for every subject! You don’t have to give a subscription; one or two issues go nicely with the treat to munch while reading. Is your giftee someone who “has everything?” Especially if the person is older, he or she may actually have everything, but some of it may be worn or outdated.

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Give a makeover One of the most creative gift ideas I ever heard of was given by a friend of mine to her mother. The gift was in a large box with a big bow. When the mother opened the box, she found everything new for her bathroom—towels, shower curtain, soap dish, scatter rug, soaps—all in a colorful, matching theme. She couldn’t wait to redecorate, and enjoyed every minute of arranging her pretty new things. This is a fun idea that can really fit any budget. If your budget is limited, choose a few pieces that will update the room prettily—maybe the soap dish and shower curtain. Updating a kitchen with new placemats, towels and potholders to match is another idea for someone whose everyday things are faded and tired. Again, if your budget allows, add extras like a colorful crock to hold utensils on the counter; salt and pepper shakers or a cookie jar. If you introduce a decorative theme, like roosters, or a color scheme, you can add other pieces as gifts on future occasions.


This idea also lends itself to a group gift. For example, the family could get together to brighten Mom and Dad’s kitchen. One couple gives placemats and salt shakers; another gives towels and a pretty liquid soap dispenser; a third gives a new wall clock.

It’s the thought that counts The best gifts are the ones that show the recipient that someone really cares. My husband surprised me early in our marriage, by refinishing an old rocking chair that I had from my student days. It was hardly recognizable in its new glory! Since it had been relegated to the attic, it was easy for him to secretly take it to be refinished. You could paint an old mirror or have a lamp rewired and dressed up with a new shade. We all have possessions that are treasured, but stored away because they need some TLC. Sometimes we even forget we have them. If a piece of jewelry isn’t being w¡orn because the clasp has broken, take it to a jeweler to be repaired and refinished like new. This costs less than buying a new piece of jewelry, and allows a treasured item to be worn again. Jewelry that’s been handed down in the family can also be refurbished and worn by a daughter or granddaughter.

Pick one thing If you have a large family and everyone exchanges gifts, make things easier with a plan. Choose one thing—a book, or an umbrella, for example—and get one for each person. Bookstore staff can help you choose for kids of different ages. If someone is just not a reader, he or she can still enjoy a cookbook or crossword puzzle book, or maybe a travel book about a place that is of interest. Umbrellas come in so many styles that you’ll have fun choosing age—appropriate designs. Other suggestions for this kind of gift plan include: n A

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It can be challenging to think of a gift for an older person, who may be downsizing and saying, “I really don’t need anything”. My husband and I have started Netflix memberships for both our parents. My in-laws don’t use a computer, so I administer their account for them. It’s a gift that keeps on giving when they receive a movie in the mail.

Mysteries, macaroni and more Older relatives enjoy going out for a day trip to a museum or other activity. You can make a presentation folder by printing out your destination from a website, and adding details about who, where, why and when. Or make a “Mystery Ride” card that promises an outing at a future date. This is fun to look forward to. If the giftee can’t leave the house easily, a card promising that you will bring your special macaroni and cheese for supper one evening, or setting up a day to bring the children over to make cookies, is a gift of your companionship and love that will mean more than anything you can buy. An invitation to an outing or a baking session is also a great gift for a child. After he or she opens the gift, you can help mark it on the calendar. This will spread the excitement out a bit—when the hubbub of the holidays is past, there will be a special day to enjoy. You can do a project, cook a special dish together, or buy cookies and frosting and sprinkles to decorate together. Depending on the interests of the child, just going to Grandma’s house and looking at old hats, or Grandpa’s old tools, or toys in the attic, can be a great way to spend time together. Who knows—once you forget about gift shopping, and start thinking about gift giving, you might be starting a new tradition!

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Honorary Chairs for the gala event were Joel & Lisa Alvord, Margie & Michael Baldwin, Bill & Mary Jean Blasdale, Alain & Phoebe Chardon, Paul & Donna Downey, Matthew & Kristin Morrissey, Paul & Tina Schmid, Gilbert & Timmy Shapiro, and Sumner James & Liz Waring. Since 1995, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. CFSEMA is a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern—improving the quality of life in Southeastern Massachusetts. Over the past five years, the Community Foundation has distributed over $8 million from 130 funds to humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations in the region. More information about the Foundation can be found at www.cfsema.org.


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Providence in particular, where virtually all of them had last names ending in a vowel, meaning I’m mostly Italian and for an Italian, really, there is no better place to be than Providence. What’s not to love about the city? Probably answering that rhetorical query would take up less room than listing the million and one reasons I love Providence. The dining is simply outstanding no matter where you turn. I’ve heard it said that per capita, Providence has the best dining in the country. No argument here. By far, the dining Mecca in Rhode Island is Providence’s Federal Hill, and you can’t swing a


and the best beef stew and fish-andchips around. Go a bit more upscale and you have McCormick and Schmick’s a short walk away (everything downtown’s a short walk away), right near City Hall and Kennedy Plaza. I could go on, but there’s other stuff to cover.

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Fantastic food My biggies on the Hill are Walter’s Restaurant, lorded over by Walter Potenza, who’s cooked for the Olympics and has contributed to Progresso soups. He’s a great, gruff, goateed old-school Italian with really cool gravelly accent, and one helluva chef. Also on the hill, I love Tony’s Colonial, corner of Acorn and Atwells, just a terrific old-style Italian store, imported Italian grub of all stripes and where they make a killer prosciuttoprovolone-roast pepper sangwich, as my Italian aunts used to call them. Not far away is Venda Ravioli, a sprawling Italian deli/store where you can get all kinds of frozen Italian food (lobster ravioli, locally made, to die for) and prepared foods to take home. Downtown, I love Bravo Brassiere, directly across from Trinity Repertory Company, one of the best places for pre-show chow. Right down the street is Finnegan’s Wake, a great old Irish kinda place, dark, well-stocked bar

The theater scene in Providence is world-class, from the aforementioned Trinity Rep—the last-standing fully repertory acting company in the United States. They do remarkable theater here, Shakespeare included, and original productions as well. Perishable Theatre is here, too, home of Improv Jones and if you love improvisational comedy, you can’t miss this place, where they also feature a “Live Bait” series, true stories from real people, inspired by NPR’s This American Life and New York City’s “The Moth.” AS220 is right nearby, an alternative venue where they do all manner of music and art galleries, the best and brightest and most avant-garde art you can imagine. You want big shows with big sound and big music? Providence Performing Arts Center has it all, in a great old, lovingly restored venue that began life as a Loew’s theater back in 1928 and retains all the magic and charm it was born with.

History and more You like history? You’ll love Providence, which as many know was founded by Roger Williams who got the boot from Massachusetts for his freedom-of-religion beliefs and ended up here. There’s a huge statue of him overlooking the city he founded, high on a hill on Prospect Terrace on the East Side, and down below on South Main is the Roger Williams National Memorial, where all things Roger are seen. There’s far too much great history to do justice to here; visit www.rihs. org, site of the Rhode Island Historical Society, for all the history you can

handle; it’s all there. Speaking of Roger, his name graces a ton of things in the area, most notably the Roger Williams Park Zoo, a splendid city park and zoo with nearly 1,000 animals representing over 150 species, and landscaped park grounds that explode with color in spring and fall. It’s one of the city’s best places to relax on a summer day, bar none. Up on the East Side you’ll find brains of all sort: Brown University is here, as is the Rhode Island School of Design, both schools churning out some of the world’s most incredible intellects and academics. They both have world-class museums, and RISD’s is particularly exquisite; this fall they open ancient and medieval galleries, for example. Over on the city’s West Side, things are looking up, as more people are finding it a less-expensive place to live than downtown and the East Side. And here is the Columbus Theatre over on Broadway, which has had an interesting history; it once showed x-rated movies back in the dismal ‘70s when the city wasn’t the crown jewel it is now. It’s incredible now, and this year hosts the 13th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival August 4-9. One of my favorite spots in the city is really dead: Swan Point Cemetery, off gorgeous Blackstone Boulevard and its palatial homes, headstone-to-mausoleum crowded with an incredible range of deceased who’s who. Coming here for the last time are 23 former Rhode Island governors, including Ambrose Everett Burnside, a Civil War general whose propensity for growing hair down the sides of his face led to the term “sideburns,” Theodore Francis Green, whose name graces the state airport, H.P. Lovecraft, fabled horror writer and whose stone brazenly declares, “I Am Providence,” and Sullivan Ballou, whose touching letters to his wife, Sarah, from the Civil War, were made famous to millions who watched the Ken Burns muchacclaimed “Civil War” series. Ah, Providence, how do I love thee? Don’t get me started.

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Cheese culture by Alton Long and Sebastian Clarkin

Cheeses, like wines, are defined by their variety, perhaps even frustratingly so. French leader Charles De Gaulle is credited with saying, “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and fortysix different kinds of cheese?”

So it would only be fitting, therefore, that the Insider sent not one, but two stalwart writers on a mission to discover what cheeses are available in our local shops. With some trepidation, we dispatched Sebastian Clarkin, our intrepid freelance risk-taking daredevil, and Alton Long, our resident wine expert.

Mission impressionable To find cheeses that may entice you away from your usual choices, they began by visiting Milk and Honey, a shop in the charming Tiverton Four Corners region. The shop offers much

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in the way of country standbys, (jarred jellies and jams, for example) and boasts a unique and discerning selection of cheeses. It would be hard for any cheese lover to walk out without selecting at least two or three of the fine cheeses they offer. One of their most popular cheeses, Piave Vecchio, is made from cow’s milk in the Piave River Valley region of Belluno, Italy. Veccio means “old,” and this wheel-shaped creation is made with pasteurized milk collected in two milkings, one of which is skimmed. Piave has a slightly sweet character, and once fully aged it becomes hard, has an intense, full-bodied flavor, and seems “extra old.” It is used as a garnish on traditional Italian dishes such as risotto and polenta, and goes with rich white wines, like Chardonnay and medium-weight reds, such as Merlot and some mild red Zinfandels. Another favorite of the local customers is the 5-year-old true Dutch Gouda, which also as a bit of a sweet character. On the exotic side, they offer Fromager d’Affinois, a French doublecream soft cheese made from cow’s milk. It is similar to Brie in production, appearance and flavor. But whereas classic Brie takes eight weeks to make, Fromager d’Affinois can be made in two weeks. Ultra filtration also results in milk that retains more nutrients and proteins, and the cheese has a relatively high fat content of 60%. The cheese is delivered in 4.4 pound wheels, and sometimes has a soft oozing texture inside with an edible white rind on the outside. Another interesting cheese found at Milk & Honey is Purple Haze, a lavender and fennel flavored goat cheese made in California and Monte Enebro. Purple Haze actually has Lavender buds mixed with wild harvested fennel pollen creating its addicting sweet flavor. It’s wonderful as a dessert with honey and almonds or in a main dish with lamb. Continued on next page

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Our exploration continued at Lee’s Market in Westport, where they display an admiration for cheeses. From the wines within arm’s reach to the exuberant “SAY CHEESE” sign hanging above the kiosk, Lee’s acknowledges that people need their cheese. Presumably, the policy of supplying the population with what cheese they demand drives Lee’s choices in selection; nothing fancy, but everything you want. From Brie to gouda, mozzarella to cheddar, all the way down to the lowly American, Lee’s offers variety in style, nationality and brand. Along with nationally known cheesemakers like Cabot Farms, the local Adamsville Cheddar has a presence, and the market boasts over a dozen varieties of cheeses from Narraganset Creamery. If you’d like your taste buds to travel the world, Lee’s has cheeses of Spanish, Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Swiss, and Greek origins readily on hand. It’s cheese for the masses, and that’s a good thing.

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But the deep-down fromage-o-phile owes it to himself to stop by Sid Wainer and Son’s in New Bedford. Their status as one of the area’s largest catering companies affords them a selection large enough to qualify as a mouse Nirvana (or at least, the largest cheese retailer in the South Coast). Assistant to the maitre-de-fromager, Andre Arsenault, visibly loves his job, and braves near-freezing temperatures to spend his time in a room that itself seems to be made of cheese; the


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You can’t make this stuff up Andre was quick to share some of his favorite stories, including the one behind the Italian Fossa. The people of a small Italian village were under regular attack by pirates, and hid their belongings at the bottom of the town well. The wheels of cheese, wrapped in a specific kind of cloth, grew a unique mold which, when eventually discovered, would grant the entire town its livelihood. Andre admits that his fascination with cheeses may seem a little strange, but he asserts that it’s only natural to feel such a way after spending so much time around such an ancient and intricate food. “It’s great to see people come here for the first time. It takes them a while to grasp that so much cheese could exist.” Sebastian and Alton finished the afternoon’s excursion simultaneously empty and full. Empty, because they knew they had only scratched the rind of what the South Coast has to offer, yet full in the knowledge that they had experienced the quality of a quiet culture, and couldn’t wait to go back.

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October 3 – Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ramadan debate. Part of the Fall lecture series, Live From New York’s 92nd Street Y, via satellite, at the Four Corners Arts Center. 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners. 8pm. 401-624-2600. www.tivertonfourcorners.com/ artscenter/

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Continued from previous page October 12 – Jim Cramer: Navigating in Volatile Markets. Part of the Fall lecture series, Live From New York’s 92nd Street Y, via satellite, at the Four Corners Arts Center. 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners. 8pm. 401-624-2600. www.tivertonfourcorners.com/artscenter/

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October 21 – Mattapoisett Women’s Club presents Anne Hutchinson, a 1637 forbearer, with Reverend Dr. Kathleen Henry. Reynard Hall, Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett. 12pm. 508758-1312. elflynn@vassar.edu October 24 – Providence Singers opens the season with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis presented with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. 3pm. VMA Arts and Culture Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 401-751-5700. www.providencesingers.org October 30 – Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street, new Bedford. 8pm. 508-994-2900. www.zeiterion.org October 31 – Monster Mini Dash: The inaugural Monster Mini 5K Dash and Monster Kids 1K. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence. 10am. 401458-6000. www.riconvention.com October 31 – Halloween Parade, hosted by the witches of the Marion Art Center. Starts at the Music Hall, 164 Front St., Marion. 4pm. 508-748-1266. www.marionartcenter.org October 31 – Cultural Halloween Night at the Bristol Art Gallery. Exhibit showing the many moods of “All Hallows Eve”. 423 Hope Street, Bristol. 5-8pm. 401-396-9699.www. bristolartgallery.net

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Frerichs Farm falling into pumpkin activities Fall is a lot of fun at Frerichs Farm with activities every weekend during our Pumpkin Palooza and with the event that gives Warren, Rhode Island national attention. Since 2000, Frerichs Farm has hosted the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-off on Columbus Day Weekend. Thousands of people come to see the pumpkins and enjoy the festivities. Most events are free, nominal charge for some. For more information visit www.frerichsfarm.com or call the farm at 401-245-8245.

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842 Main Road . Westport, MA

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ur espresso drinks are made for you by a trained barrista using our freshly ground Sumatran, Columbian and Costa Rican blend of beans. Stop in for a traditional Mon-Fri 7:30-6:00 Sat 7:30-4:00 cappaccino or flavor it up Sun 7:30-1:30 with a shot of flavor. On Rt. 6, across from Bishop Stang H.S.

98A State Road • Dartmouth, MA 508-858-5037 www.cravingscafeandcakery.com

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Enjoy a cozy atmosphere in the heart of farm country

Open 7 days a week

Grooming by Mickey

Mon-Sat: 7a-9p Sun: 7a-8p

American • Italian • Seafood — Old fashioned fall favorites —

Meatloaf • Chicken, biscuits and gravy Franks & beans • Full liquor license

1403 Main Road • Westport, MA (Corner of Main/Cornell Roads)

508-636-1200

• • Guilt-free boarding in a home environment with personal attention • Basic obedience training

Professional pet grooming in a caring, safe, clean environment

508-998-6101

1100 Reed Rd.

• North Dartmouth, MA

Open 6 days a week Mon -Sat 9-5

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411 Thames Street Bristol, RI 253-4500

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94 Cherry St. • Fall River, MA • (508)821-5967 Hours: Wed.-Sun. 12pm-4pm

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he Cedars is set on ten tranquil acres of relaxing, pastoral surroundings in Dartmouth, near the Westport line.

At the Cedars Assisted Living, which consists of 78 apartments with spacious floor plans, you will enjoy three meals per day, weekly housekeeping with a change of linens, personal care and social programs. All of these amenities are included in one monthly fee. Our personal care staff is on duty 24 per day and is supervised by a registered nurse. The Cedars also features “The Meadows”, a separate apartment unit catering to our memory impaired residents. Contact our marketing department to schedule your personalized tour of our facility today! 628 Old Westport Rd. Dartmouth, MA

(508) 636-0590

Try one of our selective Respite Programs

$200 Gift Certificate

to MedAesthetic Salon and Day Spa of Dartmouth With a minimum stay of seven days

Healthcare Services

Rehabilitation Services

• 24-Hour Skilled Nursing Care

• Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Discipline-Specific Treatment Programs • Patient/Family Training & Education • Modality Program

• Nutritional Services • IV Therapy

• Wound Care Management

• Case Management & Social Services

• Pharmacy & Laboratory Services

• Radiology Services

• Discharge Planning Services

For more information, please call us today!

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Call ahead for refills 508-672-6911 • Easy Prescription Transfers • Delivery Service • Blood Pressure Monitoring • Flu Vaccine Clinics • Most Insurance Plans Accepted

• Specialty Packaging • 24 hour Refill Line • Utility Payments • Money Orders • Postage Stamps • Massachusetts State Lottery

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New Kitchen For The Holidays Welcome family and friends to your home this holiday season with a new kitchen from Horner Millwork. We’ll help you design the kitchen of your dreams at a price you can afford.

Visit our kitchen design showroom Whether you're looking for a custom kitchen or stock cabinetry, let the design experts at Horner Millwork take the worry out of your kitchen and bath plans. We provide job site measurements and expert help with choosing colors, styles and layout. Visit our showroom on Route 6 in Somerset to explore the possibilities.

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Value & Dependability Eco-Choice PS35 pellet-burning stove $1,399 • 35,000 BTUs • Saves homeowners money while being Green-qualify for tax credit • Easy to use and maintain

Why go to big box and not get service or parts? We offer complete service for everything we sell!

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Rolling Meadows - Seekonk’s Newest Subdivision New quality built 2x6 homes available now from $395,000. One and two story available. All homes include master suites, hardwood, granite counters, gas fireplace, 2 car garage, central air, rear decks. Located on Aubin Street in Seekonk, located off of Anthony Street. See more details and house lots at www.aubincorp.com

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Waterfront home at Villages on Mt. Hope Bay Direct waterfront contractors home with extensive interior upgrades, custom oversized kitchen & living room. 2 master bedroom suites + guest suite, dining room, den, loft. Complete custom designed lower level gives this home 4,245 SF of living area. Gorgeous waterview from every window. New electric awning & custom paver stairway to lower level. Designer decorated, community amenities and unit upgrades are endless. Originally offered at $1,395,000. Now $995,000. Call 508-336-4000 x 22 today or visit www.aubincorp.com for more details.

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Most wounds heal with time. We treat the ones that don’t. There’s nothing superficial about a wound that won’t heal. Besides affecting your ability to enjoy everyday activities, it can cause serious damage to your health and even your life. That’s why Southcoast has created the region’s first

speed the healing of wounds that would otherwise

If you’re a diabetic with persistent foot ulcers that threaten amputation, a heart patient with arterial or venous ulcers, a person who’s recently had deep burns, trauma or surgical wounds, our new wound

be difficult or impossible to heal on their own.

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comprehensive wound care center, with the latest technology and treatments that can dramatically

new hope for a faster recovery. Led by a local surgeon and staffed by a team of specialists in treating hard-to-heal wounds, the

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